“Excellent faculty and content. The schedule allows for excellent balance of learning and enjoying the surrounding area.”
– K. Ellenberger, MD

“Another fabulous conference. Super location and amenities. Very relevant academic agenda!”
– P. Sampson, PA-C

“Great speakers! Loved all the topics and learned several things!”
– W. Davidson, NP


Designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician associates, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals involved in the care of pediatric patients, our 26th Annual Spring Conference on Pediatric Emergencies takes place over the course of four days. Covering a wide array of topics such as differential diagnoses for respiratory emergencies, endocrinology, child abuse, mental health, and orthopedic emergencies, our expert faculty will discuss the latest evidence-based advancements in pediatric emergency medicine, present emerging clinical data, and provide skills and strategies for application and implementation into your practice. This educational activity aims to increase both the competence and performance of all attendees as well as contribute to your ability to work together as part of a coordinated healthcare team.

Topics for this year’s conference have been selected based on the educational needs underlying identified professional practice gaps. The gaps were derived from a variety of sources including evaluations and outcomes data from past participants, clinical expert input, Symposia Medicus’ online survey, and other medical and nursing data such as current clinical guidelines, research findings, literature reviews, and patient safety considerations.
An outstanding faculty has been assembled for this conference. Each faculty member was selected based on their individual area of expertise and ability to communicate current, evidence-based, and practical information to participants.

The conference format includes didactic lectures, question and answer sessions, case studies, and small group breakouts. Following a group of lectures, the question and answer sessions allow attendees to ask the faculty critical and challenging questions about caring for patients during various pediatric emergency situations.

The breakout sessions, designed to facilitate even greater interaction between faculty and participants, offer an opportunity to engage in group discussions on subjects relating to your particular area of interest. Please indicate your breakout session topic choices on the conference registration form in this brochure. Space is limited, so please reserve early.


As a result of participating in this conference, you should have increased knowledge and enhanced competence to…

Review the compensating child with endocrinologic metabolic disease

Recognize risk factors and indicators of abuse and neglect and apply that knowledge toward the medical work and differential diagnosis

Discuss orthopedic emergencies that can be managed without an emergency orthopedic consultation

Manage sexually transmitted infection (STI) emergencies

Recognize appropriate psychopharmacologic medications and dosages for a range of developmental and behavioral health needs


After attending this conference, participants are entitled to a certificate of credit which will be available online. Successful completion of this activity is determined by attending the live activity, reviewing the educational session materials, and submitting the case studies test, evaluations, surveys, and verification of attendance form. Each participant should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This educational activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME and ANCC Essentials and Standards relating to continuing medical and nursing education.

Symposia Medicus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Symposia Medicus is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Symposia Medicus designates this live activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This continuing medical education activity has been reviewed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is acceptable for a maximum of 18 AAP credits. These credits can be applied toward the AAP CME/CPD Award available to Fellows and Candidate Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Application has been made with the American College of Emergency Physicians for ACEP Category I credit. Please check our website for updated credit information.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending. Please check our website for updated credit information.

Physician Associates
NCCPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician associates may receive a maximum of 18 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 18.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 21.6 contact hours.

The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for Nurses
This activity is designated for a maximum of 3.25 pharmacotherapeutic credits towards meeting the requirement for nursing pharmacology continuing education. Sessions awarding pharmacotherapeutic credits are denoted with an Rx in the schedule. Please contact your state’s Board of Nursing for specific educational requirements as they may vary state to state.


Each registrant will have online access to educational session materials. The educational session materials will be available for download approximately one week prior to the conference (you’ll receive an email with instructions).

If you are unable to attend this conference, you may purchase an electronic copy of the educational session materials one week after the conference. Please email publications@symposiamedicus.org for more information.


Due to the prolonged nature of the pandemic, Symposia Medicus has implemented several new policies. In the interest of the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and attendees, Symposia Medicus now requires that all conference participants be fully vaccinated. Facemasks, which will be provided at the Registration Desk, will also be required for this conference. We have established these policies and procedures with the intention of mitigating risk and preventing the transmission of COVID-19. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we strive to provide a quality continuing education experience that is safe for all involved.


There are detailed requirements and instructions for all visitors to Panama, which may include proof of vaccination, pre-travel testing, and/or mandated quarantine for non-vaccinated travelers. Visit the Panama Tourism Authority at https://www.tourismpanama.com/plan-your-vacation/advisories/ for current information about these requirements and please note that these mandates are subject to change. Visitors are encouraged to stay up to date on the latest restrictions, advisories, and travel alerts that are in place leading up to your planned stay.

You will need to complete the Health Affidavit form. In order to obtain your QR code, please visit https://www.panamadigital.gob.pa/RegistroPacoViajero


Dreams Playa Bonita Panama Resort & Spa is offering hotel guests onsite complimentary COVID-19 (antigen) testing before your return to the United States. In the event of a positive test result, the Clean Complete Verification protocol will take place and all expenses will be covered by the government (subject to change).


We have arranged ground transportation and tour options for conference members through PANAMAZING DMC, our selected tour company in Panama.

For more information or to make reservations, please visit:


Jahn Avarello, MD, FAAP, FACEP
Conference Co-Chair

Regional Medical Director, Florida
PM Pediatrics Urgent Care
Coral Springs, Florida

IIene Claudius, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Associate Professor of
Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California

Landon A. Jones, MD
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program Director
Associate Professor
Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center
University of Kentucky Department of Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics
Lexington, Kentucky

Maria D. McColgan, MD, MSEd, FAAP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Rowan University SOM & Cooper
Medical School Rowan University
Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Director
The Child Abuse Research Education Service (CARES) Institute & Cooper University
Health Center
Stratford, New Jersey

Alison Schonwald, MD, FAAP
Touchstone Neurodevelopmental Center, LLC
Department of Pediatrics
Cambridge Health Alliance
Associate Professor
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Consistent with ACCME and ANCC guidelines, it is the policy of Symposia Medicus to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all educational activities. Prior to the planning of this educational activity, all individuals in a position to influence and/or control the content of continuing education activities have been asked to disclose all relevant financial relationships within the past 12 months. Beyond disclosure of relevant financial relationships, faculty are required to disclose when they plan to discuss pharmaceuticals and/or medical devices that are not approved by the FDA and/or medical or surgical procedures that involve an unapproved or “off-label” use of an approved device or pharmaceutical. Symposia Medicus is committed to providing learners with commercially unbiased continuing education activities. This information is intended to assist learners in forming their own judgments about the content presented. Disclosure information will be included in the educational session materials for this activity and speakers will provide a disclosure slide for each presentation which they will also disclose verbally on site.



Wednesday, March 30

7:00am Registration & Check-In
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Jahn Avarello, MD & Ilene Claudius, MD
8:15 Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies (Rx = 20 minutes)
IIene Claudius, MD
9:00 Pediatric Endocrinologic Disorders: When the Body’s Homeostasis Fails (Rx = 15 minutes)
Landon A. Jones, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Visual Diagnosis in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Jahn Avarello, MD
11:15 Making the Diagnosis: Child Physical Abuse & Neglect
Maria D. McColgan, MD, MSEd
Noon We’re Running Out of Meds! Will You Send a Prescription? (Rx = 45 minutes)
Alison Schonwald, MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day

Thursday, March 31

8:00am When It’s More Than ADHD (Rx = 25 minutes)
Alison Schonwald, MD
8:45 Street Drugs & Teens (Rx = 15 minutes)
IIene Claudius, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Demystifying the Medical Evaluation in Child Sexual Abuse
Maria D. McColgan, MD, MSEd
11:00 STIs & Teens (Rx = 10 minutes)
IIene Claudius, MD
11:45 Identifying & Responding to Child Sex Trafficking
Maria D. McColgan, MD, MSEd
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, April 1

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. Pediatric Abdominal Pain: The Jeopardy Version
Jahn Avarello, MD
. Infectious Disease Emergencies in Pediatrics: You Make the Call
Landon A. Jones, MD
. When Disaster Strikes: Caring for Youth With Mental Health & Developmental Needs
Alison Schonwald, MD
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, April 2

8:00am Pediatric Emergency Myth Busters: What Does the Evidence Say? (Rx = 20 minutes)
Jahn Avarello, MD
8:45 Foreign Body Removals
Landon A. Jones, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Congenital & Acquired Cardiac Emergencies
(Rx = 10 minutes)
IIene Claudius, MD
11:00 Pediatric Orthopedic Emergencies
Jahn Avarello, MD
11:45 Less Common Pediatric Neurology Cases That You’ll See (Rx = 15 minutes)
Landon A. Jones, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

Rx = Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for nurses will be granted for these sessions


Panama is a country abundant in history, culture, and tropical jungles, home to extraordinary flora and fauna. Serving as the meeting point of North and South America, as well as the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the isthmus has also been a confluence of many cultures since the opening of the Panama Canal.

Panama City is a cosmopolitan, dynamic city where the modern and the traditional come together to create a cheerful and relaxed atmosphere. Here, you can walk on the Cinta Costera and marvel at its modern beauty or discover the past in the capital city’s Old Town. And if you’re looking to do some shopping, the city offers a wide range of excellent malls and shopping centers.

Come stay at Dreams Playa Bonita Resort & Spa on Playa Bonita (literally meaning “beautiful beach”); it is the closest beach to Panama City and the perfect location for our conference. The Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean offer incredible opportunities for world-class fishing, snorkeling, and diving. The resort’s seaside towers offer luxurious guest rooms and suites with jungle walkways and stunning views.

Our all-inclusive group rates let you choose from seven dining experiences: four à la carte restaurants, a buffet, grill, and café that are all-inclusive. Relax at the infinity pool or enjoy the many outdoor activities the resort has to offer such as kayaking, yoga, water aerobics, and pool or beach volleyball.

Panama’s unique setting, combined with our exciting 26th Annual Spring Conference on Pediatric Emergencies, make this an opportunity you won’t want to miss!


Enrollment for this conference is limited in order to provide the best possible learning environment. Early registration is advised.

You can register and receive conference lodging group rates in the following ways:

Online via our website, www.symposiamedicus.org OR

Call (925) 969-1789 Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time), with Visa, MasterCard, American
Express, or Discover OR

By mail; make check payable to Symposia Medicus and send along with registration form to:
399 Taylor Blvd., Suite 102, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-2287

Please visit www.symposiamedicus.org or call (925) 969-1789 for additional questions or information.


If postmarked by
January 19, 2022
If postmarked after
January 19, 2022
Physicians $795 $895
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $695 $795

Discounts are available for retired healthcare providers, active U.S. military, and groups of three or more. For more information, please contact Symposia Medicus prior to registering.

Tuition includes continuing education, online access to educational session materials, and break refreshments for conference registrants

Conference registration will be confirmed via email

Due to strict security for non-hotel guests, please contact Symposia Medicus
if you are not staying at Dreams Playa Bonita Panama Resort & Spa


Conference group rates have been arranged at the Dreams Playa Bonita Panama Resort & Spa. Rooms at our group rates are limited and on a first come, first served basis. PLEASE RESERVE EARLY as rooms may sell out and/or room rates may increase. If you wish to extend your stay, group rates may be available three days before and three days after the conference.

Two nights’ deposit (room rate only) must accompany your reservation. The balance of your lodging, hotel fees as stated below, and all incidental charges are due to the hotel. The hotel accepts most major credit cards.


Type of Room


Group Rates below are for TWO adults (13 years & older)


Group Rates below are for THREE adults (13 years & older)

All rooms and suites are non-smoking and include: bath amenities, hair dryer, TV, air-conditioning, double vanities, workstation, daily refreshed mini-bar, coffee & tea maker, alarm clock, in-room safe, private balcony or terrace, iron & ironing board, and standard USA electrical outlets.
Deluxe Partial Ocean View
(Garden & partial views of the Pacific Ocean.) Located on the 1st floor.
$318/night $471/night These rooms are 495 sq. ft. with either a king bed or two double beds
Deluxe Ocean View
(Pacific Ocean views)
$338/night $501/night
Preferred Club Guests will receive the following additional amenities & services:
personalized check-in and check-out, upgraded mini-bar service, bathrobes & slippers, access to the
Preferred Club Lounge which offers computer access, daily continental breakfast, afternoon hors d’oeuvres,
desserts and fine liquors, and one-time spa access to use the Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room.
Preferred Club Deluxe Ocean View
(Pacific Ocean views)
$360/night $534/night These rooms are 495 sq. ft. with either a king bed or two double beds
Preferred Club Jr. Suite Ocean View
(Pacific Ocean views)
$400/night N/A
3rd or 4th Person (only ages 12 & under)
These Jr. Suites are 820 sq. ft. and offer one king bed only, walk-in closet, and dining area with table & seating for four. Located on the top floors.
All-inclusive rates include: all taxes, gratuities for Bellman, daily maid services, and waiters, daily full breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, 24-hour room service, daily refreshed mini-bar including soft drinks, bottled water, juice, and beer, 7 dining options, unlimited domestic & international alcoholic beverages, unlimited natural fruit juices, soft drinks, water, tea, and coffee, wireless internet,
daytime activities, nightly entertainment, theme nights, private beach, use of Pool/Beach chairs and towels, use of pool Cabanas & beach Palapas, a fully-equipped fitness center, Explorer’s Club for Kids (3-12 years), shuttle service from the resort to Panama City with drop-offs at Albrook Mall and Casco Antiguo (see concierge for schedule) and much more!

*Preferred Club Deluxe Jr. Suite Ocean View rooms are VERY limited. Please reserve early or call Symposia Medicus for availability at (925) 969-1789. Single rates may be available; please call us for more information.

For information regarding COVID-19, health, and safety at the hotel, please visit:
https://info.amresorts.com/coronavirus-covid-19-status and https://info.amresorts.com/cleancomplete


Hotel Policies

Changes to reservations, regardless of reason, made within 25 days of arrival, will be charged the total original reserved stay. If changes are made before 25 days, no penalty will be assessed. Please notify Symposia Medicus of changes.

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- Premium wine (list available at restaurants and bars)
- Spa and/or salon services
- Telephone calls
- Business center access
- Laundry & dry cleaning services
- Additional gratuities at your discretion
- Medical Services
- Airport Transfers

Maximum guestroom occupancy is (NO EXCEPTIONS):
- Three adults (13 years & older), or
- Three adults (13 years & older) and one child (12 years & under), or
- Two adults (13 years & older) and two children (12 years & under)

Mandatory additional child charge (3-12 years old) is $67 per child, per night (all-inclusive), however, this fee is WAIVED when booking with Symposia Medicus – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy

Children 2 years & under are complimentary – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy

Bed Type Requests: You can select one or two beds except for Jr. Suite; however, requests cannot be guaranteed until check-in

Rollaway beds are complimentary, however, are only allowed in Deluxe and Preferred Club Deluxe King Bed Rooms (based on availability and subject to change)

Cribs are not available at the resort

Check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is noon. A late check-out can only be confirmed on the date of departure by the front desk. Late check-outs are based on availability and additional charges may apply.

Credit/Debit Card Policy: Upon check-in, the hotel requires a credit card or debit card and will charge your full stay (even if you have pre-paid). If using a debit card, the amount may be immediately deducted from your account. Upon check-out, the hotel will charge the credit card for your incidental charges. The length of time for which the unused funds will be released back on your credit or debit account varies from bank to bank.

Parking: Self-parking and valet are complimentary

Vaccination/Face Mask Policies

You must be fully vaccinated in order to attend a Symposia Medicus conference in person. Proof of vaccination can be in the form of a vaccination record card, a photo of your vaccination card, or a vaccination QR code (via paper, your smartphone or other portable electronic device). You can submit this prior to the conference via email to info@symposiamedicus.org or in person at the conference venue. Face masks are required in the conference room. Symposia Medicus will have disposable masks available at the Registration Desk. These policies are subject to change.

Cancellation Policies

Conference cancellations must be made in writing (via email) to Symposia Medicus and a refund, less a 10% processing fee, will be given. No refunds will be made if cancellation is received after February 23, 2022; however, tuition, less a 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.

Per our hotel contract, hotel reservation cancellations must be made in writing to Symposia Medicus and you will receive a full refund if emailed by January 26, 2022. Between January 27, 2022 and February 23, 2022, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After February 23, 2022, no hotel refunds can be made.

All cancellations must be emailed to registrar@symposiamedicus.org by the dates stated above

In the unlikely event of conference cancellation by Symposia Medicus, full tuition and, if reservation was made with Symposia Medicus, hotel deposit refunds will be made. Symposia Medicus will not be responsible for refunding travel or any other expenses.


You will fly into Tocumen International Airport (PTY), which is approximately 25 miles from Dreams Playa Bonita Panama Resort & Spa. Depending on traffic and road conditions, travel time from the airport to the hotel can take anywhere from 40 minutes to a little over an hour. For information on ground transportation, please visit our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Delta and United Airlines for this conference. Reservations can be made either through your travel agency or through the airlines at the website or Convention Desk numbers listed below.

Please check directly with the airlines for updated information on their COVID-19 policies.

In order to receive the discounted rate, you or your travel agent must refer to the Symposia Medicus Group ID number listed here.

Delta Airlines For discounts on Delta Airlines, please visit www.delta.com enter in your travel plans and then click on the “Advanced Search” link located below the “Passenger” box. Once you click on this link, a panel will appear and you will need to insert NMV3E in the “Meeting Code” box. For questions, please call the Delta Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 328-1111.
United Airlines For discounts on United Airlines, please visit www.united.com and click on Advanced Search, located on the bottom left corner of the “Book Travel” box. Once you click on this link, another page will appear. At the bottom of this page, you will insert ZKBQ178725 in the “Promotions and Certificates” box. For questions, please call the United Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 426-1122.